CT Hospitals are calling for emergency blood donations as supplies start to dwindle.

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As the need for blood dropped sharply due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the reopening of Connecticut has now caused a shortage in CT's blood supply. An article on Danbury's Hamlet Hub website is reporting that hospital's need for blood products is up by 30%.

The current need for blood stems from hospitals rescheduling procedures that were put on hold when the pandemic struck along with blood drives that were canceled due to buildings and various organizations closing up shop because of the coronavirus.

If you're a healthy individual and feeling well, the American Red Cross is asking you to make an appointment as soon as possible in the weeks and months to come. All you need to do is either download the free Red Cross Donor App, click on RedCrossBlood.org. Or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). There are several locations throughout Connecticut where you can give the gift of life. The locations and times in the month of June are listed at www.news.hamlethub.com. Each blood drive location follows the strictest level of safety standards.

How does it feel after you've given blood? I've donated blood about a half dozen times, and I've always had a general feeling of well being afterward knowing that I may be helping others out. If you've been thinking about giving blood for the first time and have questions, check out this website; healthline.com.